• Biography & Autobiography

Campaigns of Curiosity

Journalistic Adventures of an American Girl in Late Victorian London
Author: Elizabeth L. Banks
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299189440
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
View: 7501
In the 1890s American journalist Elizabeth L. Banks became an international phenomenon through a series of newspaper articles. Disguising herself in various costumes, Banks investigated and made public the working conditions of women in London. Writing from the perspective of an American girl, she explored and exposed a variety of employment, ranging from parlor maid to flower girl to American heiress. Banks demonstrated the capability of women for positions in journalism long held only by men.

    • Business & Economics

Diminishing Returns at Work

The Consequences of Long Working Hours
Author: John H. Pencavel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190876174
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
View: 5652
The relationship between the number of hours worked and productivity has long fascinated economists and management. It is a central component of the production function that translates inputs to outputs. While increasing the number of hours someone works may increase output, this incisive book demonstrates that there are diminishing returns to long working hours. John H. Pencavel provides an overview of how the length of working hours evolved from the 19th century to today and how the number of working hours affects work performance and other outcomes, including health, well-being, and wages. Diminishing Returns at Work provides a brief history of working hours both in the United States and Britain, including the influence of trade unions pushing for shorter hours of work, the tension with employers who resisted reducing hours, and the influence of legislation and custom. Pencavel discusses various conceptual frameworks for specifying production functions that measure the relationship between inputs and outputs and develops an alternative approach to estimate actual relationships through a reevaluation of classic studies, including the productivity of munitions workers in Britain during the First and Second World Wars and plywood mills in Washington during the 1980s among others. The declining effectiveness of long hours is manifested not only in marketable output but also in a rising probability of ill-health and accidents, and evidence of this has been found both for blue-collar workers and for white-collar workers. In short, shorter hours of work might benefit both firms and workers.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Woman in Battle

The Civil War Narrative of Loreta Janeta Velazques, Cuban Woman and Confederate Soldier
Author: Loreta Janeta Velazquez
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299194246
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 606
View: 9248
A Cuban woman who moved to New Orleans in the 1850s and eloped with her American lover, Loreta Janeta Velazquez fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy as the cross-dressing Harry T. Buford. As Buford, she single-handedly organized an Arkansas regiment; participated in the historic battles of Bull Run, Balls Bluff, Fort Donelson, and Shiloh; romanced men and women; and eventually decided that spying as a woman better suited her Confederate cause than fighting as a man. In the North, she posed as a double agent and worked to traffic information, drugs, and counterfeit bills to support the Confederate cause. She was even hired by the Yankee secret service to find "the woman . . . traveling and figuring as a Confederate agent"--Velazquez herself. Originally published in 1876 as The Woman in Battle, this Civil War narrative offers Velazquez's seemingly impossible autobiographical account, as well as a new critical introduction and glossary by Jesse Alemán. Scholars are divided between those who read the book as a generally honest autobiography and those who read it as mostly fiction. According to Alemán's critical introduction, the book also reads as pulp fiction, spy memoir, seduction narrative, travel literature, and historical account, while it mirrors the literary conventions of other first-person female accounts of cross-dressing published in the United States during wartime, dating back to the Revolutionary War. Whatever the facts are, this is an authentic Civil War narrative, Alemán concludes, that recounts how war disrupts normal gender roles, redefines national borders, and challenges the definition of identity.

    • Canada

America, History and Life


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Canada
Page: N.A
View: 8949
Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.

    • Social Science

Out on Assignment

Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space
Author: Alice Fahs
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807869031
Category: Social Science
Page: 376
View: 8060
Out on Assignment illuminates the lives and writings of a lost world of women who wrote for major metropolitan newspapers at the start of the twentieth century. Using extraordinary archival research, Alice Fahs unearths a richly networked community of female journalists drawn by the hundreds to major cities--especially New York--from all parts of the United States. Newspaper women were part of a wave of women seeking new, independent, urban lives, but they struggled to obtain the newspaper work of their dreams. Although some female journalists embraced more adventurous reporting, including stunt work and undercover assignments, many were relegated to the women's page. However, these intrepid female journalists made the women's page their own. Fahs reveals how their writings--including celebrity interviews, witty sketches of urban life, celebrations of being "bachelor girls," advice columns, and a campaign in support of suffrage--had far-reaching implications for the creation of new, modern public spaces for American women at the turn of the century. As observers and actors in a new drama of independent urban life, newspaper women used the simultaneously liberating and exploitative nature of their work, Fahs argues, to demonstrate the power of a public voice, both individually and collectively.

    • Autobiography

Auto/biography Studies

A/b
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Autobiography
Page: N.A
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    • Americans

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Americans
Page: 433
View: 3581
Hank Morgan finds himself transported back to England's Dark Ages -- where he is immediately captured and sentenced to death at Camelot. Fortunately, he's quick-witted, and in the process of saving his life he turns himself into a celebrity -- winning himself the position of prime minister as well as the lasting enmity of Merlin.


    • Biography & Autobiography

The Remaking of an American


Author: Elizabeth L. Banks
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813017761
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 297
View: 6376
"She is the most untiresome recorder of her own experiences and views you can find in a multitude of biographers. You'll like Elizabeth on every page."--Educational Review "A document in contemporary international relations and interesting to those who would rather tackle the study of Anglo-American relations in personal narrative than in economic or political analysis."--New York Herald Tribune Covering her years as a pioneering American journalist in London and her trips to the United States in the early 20th century, this long-out-of-print autobiography of Elizabeth Banks (1870-1939) provides rare insight into the professional career of a dedicated and talented woman and into the major political issues of the time: World War I, the suffrage movement, social class consciousness, and the effect of the great wave of immigration on the United States. Breaking into serious journalism when other women writers were relegated to the society and fashion pages, Banks was a regular contributor to the Daily News, Punch, St. James's Gazette, London Illustrated, and Referee. She created a sensation in London by recording her observations on the plight of the lower classes, which she researched posing as a housemaid, street sweeper, and Covent Garden flower girl. And in columns under the pseudonyms of "Mary Mortimer Maxwell" and "Enid," she unceasingly promoted women's right to vote and denounced the prison conditions for jailed suffragettes. Banks's memoir is full of personal and fascinating anecdotes about her neighbors George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, and Thomas Hardy; her friends H. G. Wells and suffragette Henrietta Marston; her meeting with Theodore Roosevelt; and daily life in London during the war. Although she never gave up American citizenship, Banks remained in England throughout her life, torn between the two countries and cultures that she loved passionately. Jane S. Gabin, assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of A Living Minstrelsy: The Poetry and Music of Sidney Lanier. She has contributed to the Encyclopedia of American Poetry, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, and the American National Biography.

    • Fiction

The Literary journalists


Author: Norman Sims
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 339
View: 6402
A selection of thirteen essays by pioneers in the genre of nonfiction literature encompasses works by John McPhee, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, and others

    • American literature

Forthcoming Books


Author: Rose Arny
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American literature
Page: N.A
View: 3197

    • Fiction

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave


Author: Frederick Douglass
Publisher: Big Nest via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1910833819
Category: Fiction
Page: 106
View: 6542
One of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life.

    • History

Historia and Fabula

Myths and Legends in Historical Thought from Antiquity to the Modern Age
Author: Peter G. Bietenholz
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004100633
Category: History
Page: 434
View: 2334
Examining a variety of texts ranging from the Ancient Near East to the nineteenth century, this book deals with the inevitable presence of both fact and fiction in historical thought and investigates when, where and to what degree they were distinguished.

    • History

Observations and Predictions of Eclipse Times by Early Astronomers


Author: J.M. Steele
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401595283
Category: History
Page: 324
View: 809
Eclipses have long been seen as important celestial phenomena, whether as omens affecting the future of kingdoms, or as useful astronomical events to help in deriving essential parameters for theories of the motion of the moon and sun. This is the first book to collect together all presently known records of timed eclipse observations and predictions from antiquity to the time of the invention of the telescope. In addition to cataloguing and assessing the accuracy of the various records, which come from regions as diverse as Ancient Mesopotamia, China, and Europe, the sources in which they are found are described in detail. Related questions such as what type of clocks were used to time the observations, how the eclipse predictions were made, and how these prediction schemes were derived from the available observations are also considered. The results of this investigation have important consequences for how we understand the relationship between observation and theory in early science and the role of astronomy in early cultures, and will be of interest to historians of science, astronomers, and ancient and medieval historians.

    • Social Science

Media and the American Mind

From Morse to McLuhan
Author: Daniel J. Czitrom
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807841075
Category: Social Science
Page: 254
View: 6335
In a fascinating and comprehensive intellectual history of modern communication in America, Daniel Czitrom examines the continuing contradictions between the progressive possibilities that new communications technologies offer and their use as instruments

    • Fiction

Nights At The Circus


Author: Angela Carter
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409015335
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 8681
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SARAH WATERS Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe's capitals, part swan...or all fake? Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity. Dazzled by his love for her, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser has no choice but to join the circus on its magical tour through turn-of-the-nineteenth-century London, St Petersburg and Siberia.

    • History

For the Record

On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India
Author: Anjali Arondekar
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822391023
Category: History
Page: 228
View: 3166
Anjali Arondekar considers the relationship between sexuality and the colonial archive by posing the following questions: Why does sexuality (still) seek its truth in the historical archive? What are the spatial and temporal logics that compel such a return? And conversely, what kind of “archive” does such a recuperative hermeneutics produce? Rather than render sexuality’s relationship to the colonial archive through the preferred lens of historical invisibility (which would presume that there is something about sexuality that is lost or silent and needs to “come out”), Arondekar engages sexuality’s recursive traces within the colonial archive against and through our very desire for access. The logic and the interpretive resources of For the Record arise out of two entangled and minoritized historiographies: one in South Asian studies and the other in queer/sexuality studies. Focusing on late colonial India, Arondekar examines the spectacularization of sexuality in anthropology, law, literature, and pornography from 1843 until 1920. By turning to materials and/or locations that are familiar to most scholars of queer and subaltern studies, Arondekar considers sexuality at the center of the colonial archive rather than at its margins. Each chapter addresses a form of archival loss, troped either in a language of disappearance or paucity, simulacrum or detritus: from Richard Burton’s missing report on male brothels in Karáchi (1845) to a failed sodomy prosecution in Northern India, Queen Empress v. Khairati (1884), and from the ubiquitous India-rubber dildos found in colonial pornography of the mid-to-late nineteenth century to the archival detritus of Kipling’s stories about the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

    • Philosophy

The Making of Tocqueville's Democracy in America


Author: James T. Schleifer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780865972049
Category: Philosophy
Page: 411
View: 2198
It is impossible fully to understand the American experience apart from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Moreover, it is impossible fully to appreciate Tocqueville by assuming that he brought to his visitation to America, or to the writing of his great work, a fixed philosophical doctrine. James T. Schleifer documents where, when, and under what influences Tocqueville wrote different sections of his work. In doing so, Schleifer discloses the mental processes through which Tocqueville passed in reflecting on his experiences in America and transforming these reflections into the most original and revealing book ever written about Americans. For the first time the evolution of a number of Tocqueville's central themes--democracy, individualism, centralization, despotism--emerges into clear relief. As Russell B. Nye has observed, "Schleifer's study is a model of intellectual history, an account of the intertwining of a man, a set of ideas, and the final product, a book." The Liberty Fund second edition includes a new preface by the author and an epilogue, "The Problem of the Two Democracies." James T. Schleifer is Professor of History and Director of the Gill Library at the College of New Rochelle

    • Business communication

Professional Communication

Legal and Ethical Issues
Author: Rhonda Breit
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780409327328
Category: Business communication
Page: 504
View: 5677
Designed for professional communicators (journalists, PR practitioners and literary writers), Professional Communication: Legal and Ethical Issues focuses on the application of legal and ethical principals, examining the roles of professional communicators in Australia and the legal and ethical problems they face. This text charts the roles of professional communicators in context and looks at the relationship between the media and the legal system, using case studies to illustrate and analyse legal and ethical issues arising for Australian practitioners.

    • History

Recollections of Past Days

The Autobiography of Patience Loader Rozsa Archer
Author: Sandra Ailey Petree
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 0874215315
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 5258
Patience Loader has become an icon for the disastrous winter entrapment of the Martin and Willie handcart companies, who traveled the Mormon Trail in the 1850s. Her autobiography offers an important record of those events, but also of much more. Wife of a Civil War soldier, Patience served as an army laundress in Washington DC and ran a boarding house as well. After the war, her husband died of consumption, and Patience returned to Utah alone, where she became a cook in a mining camp.